- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska on Monday announced that President Pat Gamble plans to retire next year.

UA spokeswoman Carla Beam says Gamble told an executive session of the Board of Regents his decision Friday.

Gamble plans to step down June 1. He took over as president June 1, 2010.

Beam said Gamble had committed in his mind to five years as president and also wanted to spend time with family and pursue other interests.

She said he was in meetings Monday and unavailable for an interview.

In a release, the UA system said it was seeing results from an initiative developed under Gamble, including improved graduation rates and the awarding of more degrees in high-demand areas.

The board plans to discuss the process for replacing Gamble at an upcoming retreat.

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